Ahead of the Curve Membership
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many workshops can I take each month?
A: One workshop is included with your membership. Additional workshops can be purchased with your coupon code on the website.
Q: How do I find out what workshops are available each month?
A: There are three ways to find the workshops.
1) Workshops are listed under Live Zoom Workshops in our Shop. Find the event details in our online calendar.
2) Sue will show the upcoming workshops (for the following month) on the 2nd Tuesday of each month on Facebook Live in the private facebook group.
3) In the Member area, once you are logged in, you can see the upcoming workshops under the tab that says, Ahead of the Curve Members, advanced registration for workshops.
Q: How much does a workshop normally cost?
A: 2 hour workshops are $29, 4 hour workshops are $49, 6 hour workshops are $69 and 8 hour workshops are $99
Q: What if I can’t attend the LIVE workshop that I registered for?
A: A recording of the LIVE workshop will be sent to all participants about one week after the last day of the workshop.
Q: How do I register for the workshop that I choose for my FREE workshop?
A: In the member area on our website put the workshop in your shopping cart. When you check out use the coupon FREEXX where XX is the two digit month number. For example, FREE01 is the January Coupon.
We will need 48 hours to get you into the system, so please don't wait until the last minute! SPD is closed on Saturday and Sunday, so please make your request during normal business hours Monday - Friday, 10am EST to 5pm EST. Questions? You can reach Penny at firstname.lastname@example.org
Within a day or two, you will receive confirmation of your workshop choice, a supply list and the Zoom invitation. Then two days before the workshop you will get a reminder with the Zoom invitation and a student supplement for you to print (not all workshops have a student supplement). Please contact Sue@suepellanddesigns.com the day before the workshop if you do not get a ZOOM invitation. On workshop day, we often do not check e-mail because we are busy getting ready for the workshop.
Q: What if I change my mind, and I want to take a different workshop?
A: Please try to make that decision before you check out. It is difficult to change later. Penny can change your workshop choice as long as there is room in the workshop you wish to take. Send her an e-mail to see if there is room.
Q: What supplies are required for the workshops?
A: We will be using the Leaves Galore and Hearts & More templates in each workshop. If you have the full set of seven templates, you can take any workshop that we offer. A supply list with fabric requirements will be sent to you once you register. This supply list tells you the specific tools you will need. The supply lists are also under the description of the workshop in the shop.
Q: What skill level is needed for the workshops?
A: If you can rotary cut, you can applique using Rotary Cut Applique techniques! We will be diving into fusible applique using Mistyfuse on the back of the fabrics. Fusing your applique is a very simple process. Your machine skills will also determine if you are ready for a challenging quilt. In general, the more shapes in the quilt, the higher the skill level required.
Q: I’m not a beginner. Will the online workshops still be interesting and challenging?
A: Sue’s Rotary Cut Applique techniques are pretty unique! There are unique approaches to laying out applique blocks, and using applique to replace curved piecing techniques in quilts such as Orange Peel and Drunkard’s Path. The approach is not intuitive but truly saves time and fabric making these traditional designs. There are new and innovative techniques that will satisfy even the most seasoned quilter! Once you learn a wide variety of techniques, you will start to incorporate them into your own quilt designs.
COUPON CODE: Members get an 11% discount on any online orders
Q: Can I share my coupon code with others?
A: No, the coupon code is your member benefit and cannot be transferred. It will not work for non-members.
Q: What is the coupon code good for on the SPD website?
A: The coupon code (11%) is deducted from your order total. Any items in your cart including additional workshops are discounted. SPD carries a wide range of notions, books, patterns, fabrics and thread.
Q: How do I join the Private Facebook Community?
A: Penny will send you an invitation to the Private Facebook Community, Ahead of the Curve by e-mail. You can also search out the group on Facebook and ask to join. Only Ahead of the Curve members will be approved to join. This creates a safe environment where members can share!
Q: What can I do in the Facebook Group?
A: Watch the Facebook Live events and the replay if you miss the FB Live. Meet other members. Post photos of your projects. Ask questions and get answers. Have access to important files. Leave encouraging comments on other people’s photos. Watch our community grow!